Eight Signs Your Child is Being Bullied
Bullying can be a traumatic experience for children. If your child has been behaving differently, chances are that he or she is being bullied. Though you would like your children to be forthright about it, you should understand that they may mostly be embarrassed or scared to talk about it. As a parent, it is your responsibility to look for signs of distress in your child’s behavior and act on them.
Here are a few red flags that you should be aware of and look out for:
If your child pretends to be sick every day in hopes of getting to stay at home, she is probably being bullied at school. It is normal for children to fake illness once in a while to avoid going to the school, but if the habit seems persistent then there might be an underlying reason for it. A lot of kids facing bullying lie to their parents about school activities getting canceled, so that they do not have to go school.
Coming home hungry or frequently losing things
Bullies snatch lunch from other kids or scare them into voluntarily giving some of their belongings. Some kids fear being ridiculed about their weight and may stop eating at school. If you suspect that your child is not eating his lunch at school then you need to sit down and talk to him about it.
Getting into fights regularly
Coming back home every day in a state of mess with torn clothes and bruises on body, is a big warning sign. Instead of scolding your child for his disheveled state, you need to convince him to tell you exactly what has been happening.
Be careful if your child is shy by nature or an introvert, as that may make him or her an easy victim for bullies. It is also possible that his or her low self-confidence is a result of being bullied at school.
Withdrawing, moody and anxious
Children who are being bullied may want to spend more time alone, locking themselves in their rooms. They may not talk much and may look gloomy or uninterested.
Drop in academic performance
A sudden drop in your child’s grades might be a result of something more than just being lazy. Bullied kids find it difficult to concentrate on their studies.
If your child has stopped hanging out with his friends and seems to be spending more time alone, it is possible that he is being bullied.
Lack of sleep, or difficulty in sleeping
If your child is tired all the time, it may be due to lack of sleep. Fear and trauma can cause restlessness in children making it difficult for them to fall asleep.
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